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"Unit Testing w/MXUnit - Jump Start", with Bill Shelton

When: Thursday, Mar 6, 12:00pm EST (GMT-5) (What time is that for you? See
this link which shows the time as EST and you can choose your city from the list offered to see it in your own time.)
Meeting URL: Duration: Approx. 1 hour
Meeting will be recorded. URL will be posted after meeting at We'll have two speakers on Thursday, Mar 6. First up will be Bill Shelton on "
Unit Testing w/MXUnit - Jump Start". I'll have more on the 6pm speaker later in a separate entry.
Description: (provided by the speaker) Audience: Beginner/Intermediate In the first part of this two-part series, you will learn the fundamentals of unit testing ColdFusion components. We'll present an overview of this series and why we are going through all this, unit testing terminology, what unit testing is and what it is not, what is appropriate to unit test and what is not (testing CFCs vs CFMs), test driven development and testing myths, the value proposition of unit testing, and how to install the MXUnit tools. We'll finish off with some examples of writing unit tests and test suites. After this presentation, you will be able to install the MXUnit toolset and start writing tests for your code.
Speaker: Bill has been programming web applications since the time CGI was considered really cool and Perl was the new language for the web. He currently holds an MS in Software Engineering from George Mason University and spends the better part of his professional time, solving real-world problems for the Federal Government - using, exploring, and integrating software engineering methods and tools, including, ColdFusion, Java, XML, UML/MDA, CM, Agile and Test Driven Development processes. He is dang lucky to have tolerant and loving wife and kids.
RECORDING: Again, the meeting will be recorded, and the recording URL will be posted after the meeting at
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  • A former member
    A former member


    March 7, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great meeting

    March 6, 2008

  • Marc E.

    I was in a room with 10 or so other folk who have never seen a unit test before, and I thought it was a nice basic intro based on their reactions. It was also a great conversation starter, because it brought up questions like "OK, calculators and gorilla tests are easy, but what about the hard stuff", and I think that's what a good intro presentation does... it sparks enough interest to want to take a further look

    March 6, 2008

  • Pat B.

    Presenter spoke very clear, but the microphone was rather weak. Presenter had a good strong voice and spoke slow. Excellent.

    March 6, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like a good tool but not such a great presentation. Though to be fair I missed the first 20 minutes

    March 6, 2008

  • Vicente J.

    Internet connection problems

    March 6, 2008

  • Amber L

    Unfortunately, I had an impromptu meeting that I had to attend. I feel like my workload is increasing lately so that i cannot reliably attend these meetings. I may need to resign myself to the fact that I will have to view the recorded meetings at another time. Thanks, Amber

    March 6, 2008

  • Mike R.

    I'd like to see more real world tests. It's rare that the actual coding is anything like the explanatory samples.

    March 6, 2008

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